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Articles from Vol. 273, No. 20, December 17

After the Taliban
What if Hillary Clinton, not Laura Bush, had taken to the airwaves during her husband's first year in office and become the first First Lady to deliver the entire weekly presidential radio address--about women's rights, no less? Dragon lady! Castrating...
Alien's Law
Temple Terrace, Florida "The government destroyed my life," Mazen Al-Najjar said with both anger and wonder. "Slandered me with secret evidence. And all that time, they were after the wrong man. While I was in jail, the terrorists were loose." ...
American Buffaloer
HEIST David Mamet didn't stand a chance in Hollywood. His Samuel Beckett-influenced plays hacked back plot to an ominous implication, pared each nobody's thought to an elliptical repetitive essence and anguished common English. Take the rants in...
Ashcroft Justice
The Justice Department, Attorney General John Ashcroft declared in his confirmation hearings, is "the role model for justice the world over." But under Ashcroft that role model is rapidly losing the confidence of allies abroad and at home in the campaign...
Bringing the Holy War Home : THERE IS A LINK BETWEEN OUR OWN CULTURAL CONFLICTS AND THE LOGIC OF JIHAD
It often happens that the lunatic right, in its feckless way, gets closer to the heart of the matter than the political mainstream, and so it was with Jerry Falwell's notorious response to September 11. In suggesting that the World Trade Center massacre...
Can Patriotism Be Compassionate?
In the aftermath of September 11, we have all experienced strong emotions for our country: fear, outrage, grief, astonishment. Our media portray the disaster as a tragedy that has happened to our nation, and that is how we very naturally see it. So...
Jazzing Politics
YOU ARE #6*WITNESS Everyone knows that Plato mistrusted the politics of music, and most Nation readers probably recall that Adorno saw pop music, in particular, as an insidious form of brainwashing. That current of suspicion runs through philosophy...
National Security State
It is already a cliche that the attacks of September 11 "changed everything." One thing they do seem to have changed is liberals. Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe, a stalwart defender of civil rights and civil liberties, has condoned the use of...
Students Wrestle with War : EMBATTLED CAMPUS ACTIVISTS HONE THEIR MESSAGE ABOUT THE CRISIS IN AFGHANISTAN
"It's uncomfortable, wet and disgusting," laughs Yomaira Tamayo cheerfully, "but I'm sleeping." Tamayo, a freshman, is one of thirty-five University of Pennsylvania students sleeping in tents on College Green, the main thoroughfare of the campus, to...
The Ends of War
The United States of America has just succeeded in bombing a country back out of the Stone Age. This deserves to be recognized as an achievement, even by those who want to hasten past the moment and resume their customary tasks (worrying about the...
The M/F Boxes : TRANSGENDER ACTIVISTS MAY FORCE US TO RETHINK BASIC ASSUMPTIONS ABOUT SEX
A 15-year-old girl is incarcerated in a Chicago mental hospital in 1981 and kept there for three years because she won't wear a dress. A Winn-Dixie truck driver is fired from a job he held for twenty years when his boss learns that he wears women's...
Times Cries Eke! Buries Al Gore -- FLORIDA REVISITED: SCHADENFREUDE AMID THE CARNAGE OF THE DEMOCRATIC PROCESS
The late Murray Kempton once noted that although the New York Times likes to pose as being above the battle, this position has never stopped the Times, once the battle's fought, from sneaking onto the field and shooting the wounded. November 12, krauthammers...
Where Germs Rule
Few books in recent times have received a greater boost from events than Germs: Biological Weapons and America's Secret War. A study of bioterrorism by New York Times staff members Judith Miller, Stephen Engelberg and William Broad, the book was arriving...